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Posted on 07/28/2014 2:16:56 AM PDT by markomalley
Theres an old saying in Latin: Omni trinum perfectum (all things are perfect in threes). It is a saying that emerges from the Trinitarian Theology but is meant somewhat playfully.
A public review into the three person IVF technique has been broadly supportive, says the Department of Health. In other words, this technique involves taking genetic material from one sperm and TWO eggs. That equals three parents in case you hadnt noticed.
The move would be restricted to mitochondrial disease, affecting one in 6,500 UK babies born each year. Now you know that what the radicals propose as a rare and unique procedure is going to be available to anyone who wants it for any reason within a few short years. Some of us are old enough to remember that abortion was initially proposed only for those rare cases in which the life of the mother was threatened. But that was just a placeholder in order to get the approval. Approval having been granted, now here comes everybody! And those who sought to keep the awful procedure safe, legal, and rare, are now proposing it as a kind of sacrament of the womens movement to which everyone should have access. So let these latest safe, legal, and rare proponents be aware that many of us dont believe their thoughtful limitations approach.
[Mitochondrial Disease] may lead to muscle weakness, blindness, and heart failure. Using the parents sperm and eggs plus an additional egg from a donor woman should prevent such conditions, say scientists at Newcastle University. And here is the proverbial sheeps clothing. I suppose that all of us would like to prevent every possible negative outcome in life. And all these nice people want to do is to prevent bad things from happening to other nice people. All this is praiseworthy but it does try to make a good thing out of tampering with DNA and turning human life into a technology or a deliverable. There are many unintended consequences that go along with such approaches. For example, how will this further affect the way we regard the disabled? As it is, up to 90% of babies with poor prenatal diagnoses are aborted. So bewareall of our niceness about trying to make life more pleasant and perfect has created pressure to abort what is regarded as imperfect life if we cant fix it. It is hard not to describe the massive number of abortions of disabled children as a bloodbath and a kind of genocide. It all parades around under the pleasant guise of trying to alleviate suffering, but at the end of the day our insistence on perfect outcomes take us to some pretty dark places.
Any children born using the procedure would not be able to find out the identity of the mitochondrial donor. Why not? Whom are the proponents trying to protect and why?
Opponents say it is unethical and could set the UK on a slippery slope to designer babies Dr. David King, director of Human Genetics Alert said: Looking back 15 years from now in the midst of a designer baby marketplace, people will see this as the moment when the crucial ethical line was crossed. Exactly!
Well, there you have it. Heather has three parents. Why should this be opposed? For many of the same reasons we must oppose in vitro fertilization. (Since most of you, my readers, are Catholic, I put forward here a religiously based argument. I will leave arguments based on natural law to others.) We have gotten into the very bad habit of trying to play God when it comes to human life. Clearly the most egregious example of this is abortion. There, we play God by sentencing innocent life to death. This is life that God has created (cf Jer 1:4; Psalm 139). In effect, we snatch the life from Gods creative hands and say, This shall not be. But we also play God by insisting that infertile couples have a right to conceive and bear children when nature and natures God have said no. With in vitro fertilization we go beyond assisting fertility and then depending on the marital act. Rather, we sideline the God-given manner for conception and turn it into a technology in a petri dish. This, too, is a way of telling God, This shall not be (in reference to infertility and normal conception). There are many problems with in vitro fertilization that have caused the Catholic Church to forbid it.
For reasons such as these, the Church considers IVF to be gravely sinful.
You can read more here: INSTRUCTION ON RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE IN ITS ORIGIN AND ON THE DIGNITY OF PROCREATION.
There are certain procedures allowable to Catholics that enhance fertility but do not remove or replace the marital act. But for the reasons stated above, IVF is far beyond what is approved.
So here we are with another cultural showdown. IVF and abortion have this in common: they both involve playing God and saying that I have a right over life, that I call the shots. Further, though many of the proponents of IVF services may choose not to think so, discarding embryos is killing; it is aborting. Freezing them is a cruel delay and a further indignity. Imagine keeping children on ice until their arrival is more convenient. And what if they never become convenient? The big chill continues until they become stale (i.e., dead). Disclaimer: There are likely many well intentioned couples who may never have thought through all of this, or have been misguided, or are just so desperate for a child that theyll do almost anything. But in the end, IVF is problematic and morally wrong for the reasons outlined above. We live in times in which too many think that they can just have whatever they want. Many think that if we can do something, we should be free to do it. But there are other things at stake than just what people want. There is reverence for the sacred mystery of life; there is concern for the common good; there is the matter of what happens to imperfect or superfluous embryos; there is the matter of what happens to the disabled; and finally, there is the matter of where this will ultimately lead. This latest proposal goes another hideous step forward by tinkering with life in such a way that now three parents will be involved in the petri dish. Whos your Daddy? Or in this case, whos your Mommy? Natural family ties will be affected. And dont tell me that there wont be lawsuits if two mothers start to fight over the baby. Even Solomon would have a hard time sorting all this out!
For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works (Psalm 139:13-14).
Msgr Pope ping
The ethical line was crossed with Louise Brown in 1978.
It takes a pillage.
If you oppose this, you’re anticapitalism.
Whenever a child is born as a result of IVF methods, the biological/genetic flaws that prevented the parents from conceiving naturally are preserved in that child. So that instead of being weeded out naturally, these genes remain to be passed on to the next generation.
I wonder how many generations it will take before natural conception becomes a rarity in certain groups, i.e. the “rich” who can afford IVF. (Not many, and this is calculable by extrapolation from the current rate of IVF use.) Meanwhile, the poor who cannot afford IVF will continue to conceive naturally (but they are overwhelmingly targeted by abortionists). Those who fall for abortionists’ hard sell tactics become less likely and less able to have live children later on. So, among those unable to afford IVF, the ones with the strongest parental instincts are passing on their genes.
The logical outcome is a future with two groups of human beings—one, highly intelligent, unable to reproduce naturally, and the other, not so intelligent, but able to breed without problem. The sociological consequences will no doubt be interesting, but I am not at all certain that this is a future we want.
As it was in the days of Noah...
**Whenever a child is born as a result of IVF methods, the biological/genetic flaws that prevented the parents from conceiving naturally are preserved in that child. So that instead of being weeded out naturally, these genes remain to be passed on to the next generation.**
I didn’t know this. Thanks.
I remember seeing a documentary about that. I think it was called Idiocracy.
Inability to have children naturally need not imply a genetic defect. Many people have deliberately destroyed what would otherwise have been healthy reproductive systems and presumably adequate genetic material.
I don't wonder if it will happen. I wonder if it has happened. I'll use your statement: "I'm not sure this is a future we want".
IDIOCRACY is an amazing movie. I describe it as a Science Fiction documentary of the future that came true.
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